Does Google still support the robots.txt noindex directive?

Last updated: September 11, 2020

No, back in September 2019 Google stopped supporting the unofficial robots.txt noindex directive.

While its use should have always been a last resort, the directive is completely useless now.

What about other search engines you ask, like Bing for instance? They’ve never supported the unofficial noindex directive (opens in a new tab).

So what’s the best way to noindex pages?

The best way to noindex pages is to use the meta robots tag or X-Robots-Tag.

Read the full Academy article to learn everything about Robots.txt